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    Default Are these sentences natural? May 3

    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Would you have rather preferred that I finished my task before helping him?

    2. Interpol warned of possible retaliatory attacks for / against the killing of Osama.

    3. I was taught not to speak with a mouthful.

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    Default Re: Are these sentences natural? May 3

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Are the following sentences natural to a native ear?

    1. Would you have rather preferred that I finished my task before helping him?

    2. Interpol warned of possible retaliatory attacks for / against the killing of Osama.

    3. I was taught not to speak with a mouthful.

    Thanks,
    MG.
    2. retaliation for, I would say
    3. ...not to speak with my mouth full.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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